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Calaveras County's largest fire district, Calaveras Consolidated, may have to close one station next year if new revenue is not acquired. 

As previously reported, rural fire districts in California face growing challenges when it comes to achieving and maintaining adequate staffing levels, as these small districts struggle to provide a living wage.

With the impending fire season, Cal Fire and municipal fire departments have reportedly ramped up their recruitment, offering wages that low-paid volunteers and interns can’t find in Calaveras County’s local districts. This has led to staffing levels depleting at record rates.

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Dakota graduated from Bret Harte in 2013 and went to Davidson College, NC where she earned a bachelor's degree in Arab studies. After spending time studying in the Middle East and Europe, she is happy to be home, writing about the community she loves.

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